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The idea is for a physical device and an accompanying app to put the device to use
I'm nearsighted. That is to say, without glasses, anything beyond
arm's reach appears as if it is being viewed through an out of focus
camera. I noticed that, without my glasses, I can see surprisingly
through the camera on my smartphone. Just hold up the phone
my natural optimal
range, turn on the camera, and look at
screen. It occured to me that, with a suitably equipped hat, I could
mount my smartphone such that it hangs in front of my face and do
without glasses. The front-facing camera could be used to detect
squinting, and automatically adjust the zoom level according to how
much I'm squinting. So close to the face, voice commands would be
easy to use. This is total immersion augmented reality. Much more
overtly nerdy than Google's Project Glass, and
less expensive than buying such a separate accessory (a hat with a
mounting frame on the bill and counterweight on the back would be
much cheaper than Bluetooth
glasses). Win win.
[not_morrison_rm, Aug 08 2012]
Vuzix Wrap 1200
[not_morrison_rm, Aug 09 2012]
||I like it. I do request that you find a way around the counterweight though - anything extra on your head should have purpose. Memory storage perhaps?
||Memory wouldn't add any appreciable
weight. You can get up to 32 GB in a
MicroSD card. A plug-in rechargeable battery
pack would be more helpful, because, I'll
admit, running the camera, screen, and (at
night) LED flash constantly is going to use a
monstrous amount of power. A pair of iGo
chargers would counterbalance a large-
screen phone quite nicely, so the hat could
include an empty sack on the back in which
to place a counterweight of your choice.
||Unless you could afford two smartphones, one of the eyes would have to be covered by an iPatch.
||I intended for the phone to be held horizontally so it covers both
||This is great, would they have a rose tinted setting,
or Sepia for that old school feel, and perhaps a
|| I also noted that today "8th of the 7" is the wrong
||//phone to be held horizontally so it covers both
|| If a horizontally-held iPhone screen covers both your
eyes, then you have the sort of close-set eyes that
indicate deep character flaws.
||What ever put such a silly thought in your head what gave you
the idea that a man of my discriminating dignity would be caught
dead, much less alive, with that Apple-branded abomination in
my posession??? I bite my thumb at you for making such a
preposterous insinuation, good sir! Of course a device of such
diminutive dimensions as a mere 3.5 inches across the diagonal
axis would be utterly unsatisfactory for a truly immersive dual-
eyed experience. iPatch, indeed!
||Well, best suited to the Vuzix Wrap 1200 data glasses, which I can find here (Akihabara), but somewhat reluctant to purchase as they won't let me try them first...at 49,000 Yen (624.27 USD) that's a pretty expensive mistake to make
||//I also noted that today "8th of the 7" is the wrong way around.//
A little slow on the uptake, are we?
||A light counterweight will work if it is far enough back
from the balance point.
|| I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine
how far back you'd need to put a 2 gram SD card, or a 0.25
gram microSD card to balance a 140 gram phone 10 cm in
front of a balance point on your head (sorry, but I am using
the iPhone weight there. SD card weight approximate and
taken from Wikipedia)
||Some of the software mentioned has since been developed for the
first generation Google cardboard. Voice recognition. Color changes.
No squint detection though. And don't recall adjustable zoom either.